Moonstone has been used as a beautiful adornment and
a powerful talisman since ancient civilizations. The
Romans admired it, believing it was formed from
moonbeams. Both the Romans and the Greeks associated
moonstone with their lunar deities.
The Roman natural historian, Pliny, coined the name
of this gemstone when he wrote that moonstone’s
shimmery appearance shifted with the phases of the
moon—a belief that held until well after the
Hindu mythology also told that moonstone was made
from the moon’s ethereal light. Legend portrayed it
as a sacred and magical “dream stone” that could
bring serene and beautiful dreams at night.
Florida adopted moonstone as its official state
gemstone in 1970 to commemorate the Apollo 11 moon
landing and other spaceflights that launched from
Florida—even though moonstone is not naturally found
in Florida or on the moon.
Valued for centuries, moonstone is still popular and
accessible today. It’s the preferred June
birthstone over pearl and alexandrite, in parts of
the world like Germany and Scandinavia.